Gold Trophy Show and Sale

The Gold Trophy Show and Sale (GTSS) is the premier bison auction in the U.S. For nearly 40 years, bison producers have brought their best bison stock to Denver’s National Western Stock Show to show and sell their animals. The sale features high quality, judged breeding stock as well as top-notch production animals that are sure to perform back at the ranch. The GTSS also features its popular “market class” auction, in which the public can come and bid on top quality, all natural bison carcasses to be processed into packaged meat to your specifications.

The mission of the Gold Trophy Show and Sale is to create an environment where producers can compete to establish the value of their bison in the current  marketplace.

2019 Gold Trophy Show and Sale – January 22 – 26, 2019
Denver, Colorado – National Western Stock Show

The deadline to register is December 14, 2018. However, if you consign by December 7th, receive 10% off of your consignment fees! Further, consignors submitting seven or more entries will receive complimentary registration at the NBA 2019 Winter Conference, a $225 value! Consign animals quickly and securely online here, or download an entry form here and submit with payment. Animals are consigned on first come, first serve basis. Each consignor may have two entries per live and/or market class, including the Ranch Ready pen of 5 Yearling Heifers, with the exception of live calf classes, which allows three entries per class. The pen of 5 heifer calves class is limited to one entry per consignor. There is a class limit of 16 yearling bulls and 12 two-year old bulls, offered on a first come, first serve basis, which is now full.

2019 GTSS Classes:
2 Year Old Bred (’16)
Yearling Heifers (’17)
Ranch Ready Pen of 5 Yearling Heifers (’17) – Average class weight to be 635 – 875 lbs. to be judged.
Pen of 5 Heifer Calves (’18)
Heifer Calves (’18)

Two Year Old Bull (’16)
Yearling Bull (’17)
Bull Calf (’18)

Market Class
Bulls – 30 months or less
Heifers – 33 months or less

GTSS Forms, Rules, Regulations, etc.

January 22 – 26, 2019

National Western Complex: Denver, CO

Bison Arrive: Tuesday (Noon to sundown) & Wednesday (8 am – 5 pm), January 22 & 23.
Show: Friday, January 25, 8:00 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m.
Banquet and Dinner: Friday, January 25, 5:30 p.m. Denver Renaissance Hotel (Tickets available here.)
Judges Comments: Saturday, January 26, 8:30 a.m. in the stockyards.
Market Bison Sale: Saturday, January 26, 10:00 a.m. in the NWSS Livestock Center Auction Arena.
Live Sale: Saturday, January 26, Immediately following the market class sale in the NWSS Livestock Center Auction Arena.

Where: Livestock Center Auction Arena, NWSS, Denver, Colorado
Suggested directions: From I-25, exit using 58th Ave. and head east to Franklin (aka: National Western Drive) Ave. at bottom of hill and turn right (heading South) to turn into the bison unloading area that will be just before the Stockyard Saloon and National Western Livestock Building on your left (East).

Questions? Please contact Jim Matheson at, or (303) 292-2833.

Important GTSS Information


Details on Parking at the National Western Complex can be found here, The NBA cannot assist buyer’s with trailer parking, but there are ample parking lots that can accommodate trailers around the sale barn at NWSS. Also, consignors can park their trailers at the conference host hotel – The Renaissance – Stapleton, with ample street parking available and the parking lot immediately west (behind) of the hotel is reserved for GTSS consignor trailers. Ask the valet or front desk for assistance. 

Methods of Payment:

Acceptable forms of payment include: cash, cashier’s check, money order, personal check, credit cards (Visa, Master-Card, American Express, Discover). There will be a 4% buyer’s premium charged to all transactions. Buyers paying with cash or checks will then receive a 4% discount. Checks will be required to be accompanied by a valid credit card backup for first time buyers.

If you have any questions about GTSS, just contact the NBA office at (303) 292-2833, or contact us.

NBA Junior Judging Competition – January 23, 2019 at 11 a.m.
Held at the National Western Stock Yards during Gold Trophy Show & Sale

The NBA proudly supports youth in agriculture through the Jr. Judging scholarship Competition. Held during GTSS, youth judge the bison at GTSS and compete for scholarships awarded to the top three individuals.
Download a flyer with all the event details.
Download a bison conformation overview here.
The Jr. Judging Scholarships are made possible by donations from bison industry organizations, individuals and businesses listed here.

1st place sponsor, $1,500 – The National Buffalo Foundation
2nd place sponsor, $1,200 – Rocky Mountain Buffalo Association
3rd place sponsor, $900 – Rocky Mountain Natural Meats